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Diarrhea

Also indexed as:Loose Stools
While persistent or severe cases may need special care, for common diarrhea discomfort relief just takes time and a few well-chosen remedies. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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If you’re lactose intolerant, avoid milk productsPeople whose diarrhea is caused by lactose intolerance can avoid the problem by steering clear of milk and ice cream or by taking lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose.
Try the BRAT dietSome doctors recommend the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, and toast) for acute bouts of diarrhea. These foods are mild, well-tolerated, and good sources of helpful nutrients.
Cut down on coffeeDrinking several cups of coffee per day causes diarrhea in some people. Avoiding all coffee for a few days should help determine whether coffee is the culprit.
Look at your supplementsLarge amounts of vitamin C or magnesium found in supplements can also cause diarrhea, avoiding the offending supplement brings rapid relief.
Uncover your food allergiesAllergies and food sensitivities are common triggers for diarrhea. People with chronic diarrhea not attributable to other causes should discuss the possibility of food sensitivity with a doctor.
Watch for certain sugarsAvoid fructose in fruit juices such as apple juice and pear juice, and in soft drinks and desserts. Also avoid sorbitol in dietetic sweets. These sugars may be poorly absorbed, sometimes leading to diarrhea.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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